Chlamydia-The Silent STD
Chlamydia-The Silent STD is the most common reportable Sexually Transmitted Disease in the United States. Reportable meaning that if you have chlamydia the health department must be notified. They may have to contact your sexual partners to get treated. Chlamydia affects about 3 million people a year (cases that we know about). Of these millions, 7 of every 10 women and 5 of every 10 men have no symptoms and therefore have no idea that they have chlamydia.
Chlamydia affects more teenage girls than any other STD. 1 in 10 teenage girls has chlamydia. It is completely preventable with proper condom use. If you use condoms every time you have sex you probably will be safe from infection with chlamydia.
Chlamydia can cause vaginal discharge, pelvic inflammatory disease, sterility (or the inability to have children), and ectopic pregnancies (or pregnancies outside of the womb). For men, chlamydia infection can cause discharge from the penis, and pain with urination.
Remember that Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease, so if you have it then your sexual partner has it and also needs to be treated. Chlamydia is treated with either azithromycin or doxycycline. Ladies, if you are sexually active, if you don’t use condoms, or you have many (more than one) sexual partners, then you should be tested for Chlamydia at least once a year as part of your pelvic exam.